The Most Important Strikes in U.S. History. The United States has had a lot of growing pains throughout the centuries, and that’s clear by all the strikes that have taken place during our short history. Over the years, there have been a ton of strikes about various things, but most workers protest, asking for fair wages, compensation for time, pension, and retirement. Who can blame them, right? Granted, there are a few that break the mold.
In 2012, there was a Chicago teachers’ strike that focused on education reform, or rather what it was doing to teachers and students. We’ll talk more about that later, but it just goes to show that it can be about more than money.
More often than not, strikes also involve a union, as non-union workers have a hard time going on strike without facing severe consequences. A union also protects the workers against major backlash—at least, it should.
Today, we’re going to go over some of the most important strikes that have occurred in the United States. There have been quite a few that shed light on issues others may not have ever known. How many people knew that sanity workers didn’t get paid much and that their pensions were in danger? Not most, but that is exactly why they went on strike in New York in 1968. These 20 strikes show that some people just didn’t want to sit down and be quiet anymore.